Sept. 10, 2012
Bearcats regroup, turn focus to Fort Hays
By David Boyce
Between going to church with his family and meeting with his football players early Sunday evening, Northwest Missouri State football coach Adam Dorrel had a few minutes to peruse his e-mails.
Following a 31-21 loss at Central Missouri Saturday afternoon, Dorrel figured a few would have a bit more bite than a congratulatory note
“Sometimes they are kind of humorous,” Dorrel said. “You take it with a grain of salt. People are passionate about our program. I understand it.
“This is our livelihood, but I can certainly understand why they are upset.”
Dorrel and his coaching staff are already hard at work to ensure that what happened in Warrensburg, Mo., does not turn into a trend.
The Bearcats, 1-1 overall, return to action 1 p.m. Saturday at home against Fort Hays State on Military Appreciation Day at Northwest.
The football team and the school will honor all the people who have sacrificed and put their lives on the line to enjoy such freedoms as watching college football on Saturday afternoons.
“You can relate it to our program a little bit,” Dorrel said. “Right now, everybody is focused on the bad things going on, but there are still a lot of good things. I will try to hammer that home a little bit.”
Despite a 0-1 start in the MIAA, Dorrel believes in the 2012 Bearcats and the football program.
“I’m not big on losing any games,” Dorrel said. “It is one of those things where you look at why you lost and figure out what you are doing wrong and try to fix it. I am disappointed because I thought we had some of that stuff lined out. We did not get it lined out.
“We will bounce back. I am confident in our kids and coaches will bounce back. It will be a somber mood. We will roll up the sleeves a little bit. It won’t be fun around here for the next 72 hours. But that’s part of the deal.”
Dorrel is looking for improvement in all three phases of the game in week three against Fort Hays.
On offense, interceptions must be eliminated. Northwest needs to rush for more than 80 yards like it did against Central Missouri.
Dorrel is baffled by the lack of production from the running game, considering the proven talents of the two feature backs.
The blocking downfield of the linebackers is one cause for the lack of production in the running game.
“It’s a combination of everybody,” Dorrel said. “The times we do get the blocking the ball carriers are not getting up in there and trusting it.
“We’ve got to keep working to fix it. It is definitely frustrating because I feel the two kids we have in the back, we should definitely be able to run the football better.”
Defensively, the Bearcats are not putting enough pressure on the quarterback with their front four.
“That was something we didn’t do a very good job Saturday,” Dorrel said. “We’ve got to minimize big plays. Special teams, I thought we were just OK. We let the ball bounce too much. We’ve got to field them and we have got to tackle better on kickoffs.”
Dorrel addressed these problems to his players Sunday evening and the rest of the week leading up to the Fort Hays games, the Bearcats will work hard to fix them.
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